Hopes hang on southern bluefin
  |  First Published: July 2013

Winter is upon us once again, and the town is back to its quiet season, with very few visitors to the area over this period. And the water temperature continues to drop even more.

Local gamefishers are keeping their fingers crossed for the arrival of the southern bluefin tuna.

Hopefully, these will be saviours for them, because at present there has been little action on the yellowfin tuna.

The southern bluefin season is only short, a couple of weeks, so if fish turn up you need to drop everything and get amongst them.

Closer to shore, the local reefs and gravel beds will fish well for the usual Winter reef fish like snapper, morwong, nannygai and leatherjackets.

At times, the leatherjackets can be in plague numbers and can make it nearly impossible to fish as they bite anything in front of them, resulting in lost rigs one after another.

This time of year we will see sand flathead and gummy sharks caught, especially on sandy areas adjacent to the reefs.

The cold water has brought in big schools of salmon along all the local beaches and headlands, with a few good-sized tailor among them.

The water temperature is heading down so it won’t be until the water warms before the beach fishing will offer any more variety.

The local estuaries have been fishing well for trevally, tailor and bream and few flathead. The coming months will mean good fishing for luderick as schools of big fish move in and out of the local estuaries.

The black bream will start to move up-river. On their way, they will be feeding up in preparation for spawning.

Brendon with a yellowfin bream caught on a Impact Tackle vibe.

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